Grovetown outplay rivals

Grovetown Top Shelf continue to dominate the top division in the SBS Bank Marlborough president's grade competition and hold a sizeable lead.

Marlborough McRobies and Rapaura Drylands are in a good battle for second, with just a couple of points separating the teams.

Marlborough Head Team have a nine-point lead over Renwick Robins in division two.

Rapaura Newhawkes and Gewurtztraminer and Marlborough Swallows are locked in a tight battle for the other semifinal spots.

In division three, Renwick Rovers and Marlborough Jafas are separated by one point at the top of the competition. Rapaura Sauvignon and Renwick Rebels have a firm grip on positions three and four.

Division four provides the most interesting contest, with 14 of the 24 matches, to date, resulting in either countback results or a tie. Rapaura Gladiators and Merlot have the lead but the other five teams are within reach of a semifinals berth with five rounds of the competition remaining.


Tuesday, December 4

Division one: Grovetown Top Shelf 4 beat Marlborough McRobies 0, Rapaura Drylands 4 beat Rapaura Shiraz 0, Marlborough Hawks 1 lost to Rapaura Voignier 3.

Division two: Marlborough Head Team 4 beat Rapaura Pinot 0, Renwick Robins 3 beat Marlborough Swallows 1, Rapaura Gewurtztraminer 2 (28) beat Marlborough Swifts 2 (26), Rapaura Newhawkes 4 beat Marlborough Bart's Banditos 0.

Division three: Picton lost to Renwick Rebels by default, Grovetown Grove Tavern 2 (23) lost to Grovetown Turf & Tackle 2 (26), Renwick Rovers 4 beat Rapaura Sauvignon 0, Rapaura Matadors 0 lost to Marlborough Jafas 4.

Division four: Renwick Rascals 2 (29) lost to Rapaura Merlot 2 (31), Rapaura Riesling 2 (26) lost to Rapaura Gladiators 2 (28), Renwick Rockers 2 (29) lost to Rapaura Chardonnay 2 (30), Rapaura Mighty Four a bye. 

The Marlborough Express